FIFA The Best Voting results showed Messi dominating

Lionel Messi won his FIFA The Best as the Argentine superstar dominating the voting results of the 2022 award.

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Messi 2nd FIFA The Best award

The 35-year-old fired seven goals in Qatar as Argentina won their third World Cup – and a long overdue first of the Messi era.

“Wow, it’s amazing. It’s an honour for me to be here tonight and win this award,” Messi started his acceptance speech.

“Without my team-mates I wouldn’t be here. It was an amazing year and I achieved the dream that I’ve been hoping for so long and finally, I managed to achieve it.”

“It’s the most wonderful thing that’s happened to me in my career.”

Messi dominating voting results

FIFA The Best Men’s Player is the award decided by voting system, in which national teams’ captains are authorized with three votes/each.

Full ranking of 2022 FIFA The Best Men’s Player Top 10:

  1. Lionel Messi – 52 points
  2. Kylian Mbappe – 44 points
  3. Karim Benzema – 34 points
  4. Luka Modrid – 28 points
  5. Erling Haaland – 24 points
  6. Sadio Mane – 19 points
  7. Julian Alavarez – 17 points
  8. Achraf Hakimi – 15 points
  9. Neymar – 13 points
Messi won FIFA The Best
Messi won FIFA The Best

Messi won the award with the convincing 52 points in total. The PSG striker even got the votes from rivals Real Madrid’s David Alaba.

The Real Madrid’s defender has been receiving racist comments since his votes were revealed, Alaba voted for Messi ahead of his teammate Karim Benzema.

Lots of Real Madrid fans took it to the social media to slam Alaba with racist comments and hashtag #AlabaOut.

Alaba receiving racist comments
Alaba receiving racist comments

Other Captains’ votes

Croatia’s captain Luka Modric voted for Benzema ahead of Lionel Messi, while Netherland’s Virgil van Dijk did not pick either Mbappe or Benzema in his top three as the defender put Messi as number 1 vote.

Argentina captain and the eventual winner himself, Messi picked Neymar ahead of Mbappe and Benzema in his top three votes.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain was said to give the voting right to Pepe, as the former Man United missed out on the FIFPRO Best XI of the year for the first time since 2006.

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